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And ye, high Heavens ! the temple of the gods,
Song made in lieu of many ornaments
With the loose wind ye waving chance to mark,
But fairest she when so she doth display
THE doubt which ye misdeem, fair love! is vain,
That fondly fear to lose your liberty, When losing one, two liberties ye gain, And make him bound that bondage erst did fly, Sweet be the bands the which true Love doth tye, Without constraint or dread of any ill ; The gentle bird feels no captivity Within her cage, but sings and feeds her fill. There pride dare not approach, nor discord spill The league 'twixt them, that loyal love hath bound, But simple truth and mutual good-will Seeks with sweet peace to salve each other's wound; There Faith doth fearless dwell in brasen towre, And spotless Pleasure builds her sacred bowre.
RIDELY thou wrongest my dear heart's desire,
In finding fault with her too portly pride : The thing which I do most in her admire, Is of the world unworthy most envide; For in those lofty looks is close implide Sorn of base things and 'sdeign of foul dishonour, Threatning rash eyes which gaze on her so wide, That loosely they ne dare to look upon her. Such pride is praise, such portliness is honour, That boldness innocence bears in her eyes, And her fair countenance, like a goodly banner, Spreads in defiance of all enemies. Was never in this world ought worthy tride, Without some sparke of such self-pleasing pride.
SONNETS. FRESH Spring, the herald of love's mighty king,
In whose coat-armour richly are displaid All sorts of flowres the which on earth do spring, In goodly colours gloriously array'd, Go to my love, where she is careless laid, Yet in her winter's bowre not well awake, Tell her the joyous Time will not be staid, Unless she do him by the fore-lock take: Bid her, therefore, her self soon ready make To wait on Love amongst his lovely crew, Where every one that misseth then her make Shall be by him ameargt with penance dew. Make haste, therefore, sweet Love! whilst it is prime, For none can call again the passed time.
LIKE as a huntsman
after weary chace, Seeing the game from him escape away, Sits down to rest him in some shady place, With panting hounds beguiled of their prey ; . So after long pursute and vain assay, When I all weary had the chace forsook, The gentle deer return'd the self-same way, Thinking to quench her thirst at the next brook ; There she beholding me with milder look, Sought not to fly, but fearless still did bide, Till I in hand her yet half trembling took, And with her own good-will her firmly tide: Strange thing me seem'd to see a beast so wild So goodly wone, with her own will beguil'd.
SEND home my long-stray'd eyes to me,
Which, oh! too long have dwelt on thee; But if they there have learn'd such ill,
Such forc'd fashions,
Made by thee
To make jestings
Word and oath,
Yet send me back my heart and eyes,
Art in anguish,
That will none,
Die because a woman's fair ?
If she be not so for me,
Shall my foolish heart be pin'd,
If she be not so to me,
Shall a woman's virtues move
If she be not kind to me,
What care I how good she be?
And unless that mind I see,